Sunday, January 2, 2011

Derrek Lee and the O's

.310+ BA, 130+ HR (2005-2009)
Albert Pujols (Cardinals) .334, 206 HR
Miguel Cabrera (Marlins/Tigers) .319, 164
Matt Holliday (Rockies/A's/Cardinals) .322, 138
Vladimir Guerrero (Angels) .315, 134
Derrek Lee (Cubs) .310, 131

Derrek Lee signed a 1 year deal with the Orioles (pending a physical).  He didn't hit nearly as well in 2010 (.260, 19 HR, 80 RBI), although he was better after being traded to the Braves in August (.859 OPS in 39 games vs. .751 OPS in 109 with Cubs). 

Lee might not ever have an MVP caliber season as he did in 2005 or 2009, but it's a good signing by the Orioles.  He could hit well at Camden Yards and will be motivated to show that he can still play and get another contract.  The Orioles could have their most potent offense in a long time with the additions of Lee and Mark Reynolds, to go along with Luke Scott, Nick Markakis and Adam Jones.

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